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Panasonic va créer une deuxième usine de batteries électriques aux Etats-Unis © Pxhere Panasonic will create a second electric battery factory in the United States Panasonic wants to invest $ 4 billion for a second lithium-ion battery factory in the USA.

Japanese Panasonic , important partner and Battery Supplier of the manufacturer Tesla in particular, announced this Thursday, July 14, plan to invest about $ 4 billion to build in the Kansas its second Lithium-ion battery factory For electric vehicles in the United States . "With the growing electrification of the Automobile market, developing the production of batteries in the United States is crucial to meet demand," said Kazuo Tadanobu, boss of the Panasonic Energy division quoted in the press release. "This project will transform the Kansas economy," said the governor of this Midwest State, Laura Kelly, also quoted in the press release from the Japanese group.

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having to be built in De Soto, on the edge of Kansas City, the factory could create up to 4,000 new jobs according to Panasonic. No starting date of operations has been mentioned. "Nothing has been decided at the moment" on this point, a spokesperson for the group told AFP. The project must also obtain the green light from the Board of Directors of Panasonic. This announcement comes three months after the inauguration of a new Tesla mega-user in Austin, Texas (southern United States).

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Panasonic had been an early partner of Tesla, the two companies operating together since 2017 a giant factory in Nevada (west of the United States), in which Panasonic produces batteries for the firm d'Elon Musk. Panasonic also announced at the beginning of the year that he was going to make one of his factories in Japan the initial production site of production of his new cylindrical lithium-ion "4680", wider and more powerful than his previous battery models, from its 2023/24 exercise.

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has covered words, the group recently explained that it preferred to start the production of this new product in Japan rather than in the United States because Its production of batteries with Tesla in Nevada had taken a long time to become stable and profitable. "We cannot tolerate delays" and "we want to have the most fluid start -up" for the production of this new model, said Tadanobu during a round table with journalists in early June to which the AFP had attended.

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